Nellie Gray Turnage, 84 years of age, was born in Kinston, North Carolina to Roy Edward and Helen Onita Turnage, and later moved to Black Creek, South Carolina, to the farm where the family produced corn, cotton and tobacco. At the age of 16 years old, she worked at Colonial Drug Store, and White Swan Laundry, until she graduated from McClenaghan High School. She was employed by Bell South Telephone Company, as a 411 Operator, and retired in 1990. Nellie is the last to join her five siblings in heaven.
Nellie married in 1954 to Andrew Pink Williams, and gave birth to Deborah, Brenda and Donna. She was a loving and compassionate mother and friend to all. For many years leading up to her passing, she ministered to anyone who would listen. She loved to attend church (faithful member at Trinity Baptist Church), Bible Study, Red Hat Club, Joy Club, and visiting the Senior Living Facilities in her spare time. She was a dedicated woman of God who loved her family, contributed her time, finances and resources wherever she could.
Nellie was a prayer warrior. She prayed or was in a Spirit of Prayer twenty-four/seven. She woke up with thanks and praise on her lips, and she went about her day calling family and friends to see who needed her support in prayer.
She was a “be ye separate” in the truest interpretation of that scripture, because she strongly believed in the word of God, and she knew that Jesus was her provider and shield.
Nellie is now in the arms of the Father, and He is providing all the comfort and peace that she so often spoke about. No one can take her place. God designed her to be unique. There’s not another one like her.
Surviving is her two daughters Brenda Williams Barefoot (Leon), and Donna Williams Martin (Don). She is also survived by five grandchildren: LaDonna, Danny, Brent, Alison, and Timothy. She had seven great-grandchildren: Zachary, Adam, Noah, Matthew, Eli, Lincoln and Graylyn.
The funeral service celebrating her life will be held on Sunday, October 13, 2019, with visitation at 2PM and Service conduct at 3PM, at Trinity Baptist Church
2003 Charleston Hwy, Cayce, South Carolina, 29033
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